Monday, November 24, 2014

Putting Your Best Face Forward with Healthy Skincare Habits #MC #ClearasilMom #sponsored

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Parenting a teen is filled with both adventures and misadventures. Perhaps the worst part of parenting a teen is seeing them face some of the same exact trials and tribulations as you did as a young teen. FACT: It's worse the second time around. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Fun Holiday Gift Idea for the Tween or Teen: Loot Crate #HolidayGifts @LootCrate

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Here's a fun holiday gift for the tween/teen gamer in your life:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Home Cooking Reinvented with Meez Meals DIY Meal Kids @MeezMeals

Imagine cooking delicious meals from scratch without hunting for recipes, going to the store, or standing in the kitchen chopping and dicing.
Sounds dreamy, right?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Perfect Family Gift: LG OLED now at Best Buy! @BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy #ad

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Here's the perfect luxury gift for the family that has everything: LG OLED TV - the ultimate display - a top of the line home theater, now on sale at Best Buy
As winter heads toward our city of Chicago this week, our family is planning on hunkering down for lots of movies at home. Why go to the theater when you can enjoy a movie from the comfort of home - cuddled on the sofa under blankets with a hot cocoa? The LG OLED TV truly brings the movie theater experience home for the holidays. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Easy Thanksgiving Craft for the Preschool Set

This post is from 2012, but this is a fun Thanksgiving craft that my now 5-year-old daughter still enjoys playing with!


My daughter and I love to bake together. As soon as I pull out a mixing bowl, she's pulling up a chair right beside me to "help". She especially loves rolling out dough. We make a lot of homemade pizza and pasta in our home and Chiara is always right beside me, with a little ball of dough, her two tiny hands gripped tightly to her rolling pin. I think cooking is right up there in the top three things that my daughter loves to do, alongside dancing and painting.

We were inspired to make this little Thanksgiving craft after our annual visit to the Graue Mill: every year, in the late fall, we head to this historic mill in Oak Brook, Illinois, where we stock up on traditionally coarse ground cornmeal for a winter's worth of polenta. There are wonderful interactive exhibits in the museum, and this year, Chiara couldn't get enough of the little center where she could make pretend pies with pom-pom "blueberries" and "cherries". 

And so my mother bought a bunch of "cherries" - a.k.a. felted pom-poms from Joann Fabrics, and a square of brown felt from which she cut out the pie crusts. And since she received her very own pie kit, Chiara has been "baking" pie after pie after pie. She cooks up the cherries on her little oven range, she divides the cherries up in a muffin tin, she counts the cherries, she washed the cherries (...), she rolls out the crust, she makes cherry pies again and again, for everyone in our family, including the dog. These cherries have provided endless hours of entertainment for my little girl! I guarantee that your preschooler will love this craft, too - just be prepared to find lots of cherries around your home for the next few weeks....